Its A Small World, Even In The Jungle.

by Nomad on January 23, 2011

Aztec Player - Ullamaliztl

Aztec Player - Ullamaliztl

Peeling the leaves off my face as I walk through this jungle path.  Keeping an eye out for snakes, they say this country and especially  Cayo District is know for many snakes?  I start to pick up the pace because I’m excited about the finale of this Hike. The guy at the fruit stand/shop told me the directions in some Creole broken english hard dialect  so I hope that Im going the correct way, I wonder if they will have water up there, Why did I have beer for breakfast?  The air is hot and super muggy but its really fun because I have that whole Indiana Jones feel going on.

The Path breaks and I can now see part of an open field.  The Sun is very bright as I get out of the Jungle path.

Jungle Path

Jungle Path

As I start to make the curve and walk on to the field I can see the making of what was small encampment.  Walking past the small stuff I want to see the big feature of this site, so I keep walking.  Then bam, I’m almost knocked over by the site.  Wow I didn’t expect it to be so big and Grand.  This massive Stone feature the size of a building is amazing.  I can tell that their has not been much restoration done,  like it was the original building form the Inca days.  I prefer this over some done up site to look like back in the day.  So as I walk through the field I can feel some very strong forceful vibes.  Then I realize this is a field where Ullamaliztli was played, this is the Aztec Game of ball where the players have to score by hitting the ball with their through the goal using their hip.  Death for the losers,  I walked very lightly.  So as I approach the steps I did a small prayer to this once place of power, still able to feel its presence.  I start to walk up the steps from left to right making a zig zag design all the way to the top.

Once I turn around I am able to see a Grand Vista 360 degrees, Mountain in the distance and near,  lush thick Jungle all around.  The steps were very steep so the too was high hovering over the Jungle.  There were no ropes, no guard, no yapping tourists.  I sat down for a bit and held some meditation.  This was a great trip so thankful to see so many great sites.  This view had not changed much since the Aztec days.

Stone Maiden

Stone Maiden

As I return from the top I speak with an older man working the land,  most in this Nation are English speaking.  He tells me stories of a lady dressed in all white who is said to be the guardian of the area.  He said “most fear her”.  Brutha was starting to creep me out so I was about ready to go until I noticed some skulls in the corner of the make shift building,  rather than ask, gave him a nod and  I rolled out.

I took the path that normal people take on the way back,  as I get to the entrance.  I recognize someone. This seemed very odd I was about 80 miles from my hotel,  Far in the jungle middle of nowhere.  Would I really know someone here?  As I move closer looking at this lady, I can tell she was getting a bit freaked out. So I call her name “Ms. Sandra” at this point the lady is really tripping probably thinking how does he know my name.  She starts to go in the other direction.  I laugh as I say he is me, you were best friends with my mother back in Abqaiq.  She takes a close look then almost starts tearing as she begins to yell and start huggin me,  talking really loud about how much older I look and handsome and all (well if I dont say so myself).  She and her husband whom I also knew came by cruise ship and took a day tour. I explained how I rented a car and was here over New Years kicking it around the country. She says “by yourself”, I laugh yeah this is the life of a Nomad.

Where am I?  Can anyone answer this.  Look at the pics but no googling, there are a few hints in the story.

Snake Caught Near My Hotel

Snake Caught Near My Hotel

Sunrise

Sunrise

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